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Posted 12/25/2012 by PaperTulip in NSBR Board


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Posted: 12/25/2012 10:12:20 PM
My step daughter had her first baby 6 weeks ago. Her and her partner came home from his parents house yesterday after Christmas to find their beautiful 2 year old German shorthaired pointer dead in the yard. The police say she's been poisoned. What a horrible way to die my heart is broken for her, BJ was her best friend

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Posted: 12/25/2012 10:14:40 PM
That's terrible


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Posted: 12/25/2012 10:15:51 PM

That is horrible. If someone had a problem with the dog why wouldn't they talk to them about it?

Did they leave her out in the yard while they were gone?


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Posted: 12/25/2012 10:17:09 PM

Did they leave her out in the yard while they were gone?

Was wondering that too.



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Posted: 12/25/2012 10:19:55 PM
That is so sad

Do they know what kind of poison? It may not have been deliberate - could he have gotten into antifreeze? Some poisonous plants (poinsettias are poisonous to dogs)?

Very sad


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Posted: 12/25/2012 10:23:47 PM
That's heartbreaking! Poor dog and your poor step-daughter...trying to deal with all those post baby emotions and her furry friend is gone.

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Posted: 12/25/2012 10:37:43 PM
That's to bad. I agree that it might not have been intentional.


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Posted: 12/25/2012 10:44:54 PM
That is so sad Sorry that happened to her. Very heartbreaking.

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Posted: 12/25/2012 10:47:00 PM
Very sad, I'm sorry for the loss of their dog

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Posted: 12/25/2012 10:56:54 PM
They left her in the backyard, she destroys things inside when they leave her alone we removed all the poisons when the baby was born, and there's only roses in the yard. The house got broken into last week, and there's a few people causing issues for them (calling children's services and spreading rumours). Both sets of neighbours loved her, and their other dog is fine. The GSP was Emily's and their Rough Collie is her boyfriends. One guards the front and the other the back. They suspect it is connected to the girl who is causing the issues as she has a very violent history and wants the boyfriend.


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Posted: 12/25/2012 11:01:27 PM
I see your post that indicates that it might be someone causing problems for them but, so close to Christmas, I wonder if someone was trying to break in to get new gift items?

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Posted: 12/25/2012 11:06:37 PM
so sorry for their loss...


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Posted: 12/25/2012 11:13:09 PM
The dog could have been accidently poisoned.

How long was the dog left alone in the back yard? Who was feeding it?


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Posted: 12/26/2012 12:55:16 AM
I would love for it to be accidental. She was outside for 4-5 hours and was fed by my stepdaughter before they left. But accidental or not, makes for a terrible Christmas


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Posted: 12/26/2012 1:01:10 AM

Did they leave her out in the yard while they were gone?

Where else would you leave a DOG?

OP, that sucks. Even with the troubles they've been having I would try to believe it wasn't intentional.

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Posted: 12/26/2012 1:44:15 AM
I misinterpreted the op. i thought they had been away for 6 weeks. Sorry. Tired.


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Posted: 12/26/2012 1:52:21 AM
Oh, how sad and horrible... Make sure they keep copies of anything the police or animal control/a vet can give them... If it was intentional, I'd be worried the person would try more things... Any sort of records may help in the future... Make sure they check any toys/things for the child as it grows - someone was putting razor blades in the sand at some parks around here a couple years ago... It's scary what people can think up...

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Posted: 12/26/2012 4:58:04 AM
That is so sad. I am so sorry that happened to them.

We raise that breed and I think they are the sweetest dogs ever!

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Posted: 12/26/2012 7:13:39 AM
OP, I'm so sorry. We don't leave our dog in the yard when we're gone for any amount of time because she will bark like crazy and annoy the neighbors - and not just the ones who live on either side. Barking carries quite some way, and no one enjoys listening to a dog bark incessantly. I wonder if someone had had enough and threw something poisonous over the fence, and one dog ate all of it before the other had any.

Horrible to think of, and certainly a terrible thing to do, and the wrong way to handle the situation regardless.


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Posted: 12/26/2012 7:32:07 AM
I'm sorry. We're going through the same thing here.

My daughter's German Shepherd, Heidi, took off after a rabbit two weeks ago. About five minutes after she took off into the tree line (her dad lives on five acres), they heard a gunshot.

They looked and looked for her, but she never came home. They finally hung signs up further out of town and within minutes, they had two phone calls that she had been spotted on the side of the road, about 10 miles from the house.

They found her on Christmas Eve. She had been shot and her tags had been removed, and it looks like she'd been driven out there and dumped.

My daughter was heartbroken. They are pretty sure it was their neighbor...and that it was the shot they heard five minutes after she broke through the tree line and ended up on his property.

I'm sorry...I know how you feel. My daughter was heartbroken as well.


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Posted: 12/26/2012 11:23:59 AM
That is very sad, but it could have been an accidental poisoning. The dog might have been given a large quantity of chocolate from a well meaning kid, or perhaps the dog even managed to snitch some.

People who don't own dogs may not realize that chocolate can be poison to a dog. I had no idea until some friends who own dogs told me. At first, I honestly thought they were pulling my leg.

At this time of year, a dog could easily be poisoned accidentally by chocolate, which is great abundance.

Apparently, the type of chocolate and how harmful it is to a dog can really vary.

"It would take 20 ounces of milk chocolate to kill a 20-pound dog, but only 2 ounces of baker's chocolate or 6 ounces of semisweet chocolate. It is not that hard for a dog to get into something like an Easter basket full of chocolate eggs and bunnies and gobble up a pound or two of chocolate. If the dog is small, that could be deadly."
Is chocolate poison to dogs

And there are other ways that a beloved pet can be accidentally poisoned. I agree that if it was a deliberate act, that is totally despicable, but it would be hard to know it was deliberate unless other dogs in your area have also been poisoned recently.

I am so sorry about the dog.

ETA: I had missed the post about the violent gal who wanted the boyfriend. I can see why you would think it was deliberate.

I think, though, that I will leave my post about chocolate, just for those who might not know and could innocently share their chocolate goodies with a begging dog.

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Posted: 12/26/2012 4:20:15 PM

Where else would you leave a DOG?

In their crates. Safely inside the house.

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Posted: 12/26/2012 4:24:04 PM
They need video surveillance at their residence and need to start documenting everything. If this is a scorned girl, they need a paper trail and a restraining order.

Also if they can prove it was a purposeful poisoning, the pert can be charged with a crime.

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Posted: 12/26/2012 7:06:59 PM

Where else would you leave a DOG?

In their crates. Safely inside the house.

I am sorry about the dog

I would never leave a dog unattended outside for any length of time while I was away. They should be inside and crated if they cannot trust the dog from chewing etc.


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Posted: 12/26/2012 7:13:59 PM
OP, I'm so sorry.

Where else would you leave a DOG?
I leave mine inside, crated if necessary. My dogs are not outdoor dogs.

It would not be safe for them outside. There was a coyote spotted at the entrance of the subdivision late last night. (I'm away for Christmas and am staying back at "home" for the week in the Chicago suburbs).

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